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Artistic Winners Revealed for the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards

The winners of the 2019 Western Canadian Music Artistic Awards have been revealed. Announced at the WCMAwards Reception held at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse, YT, during BreakOut West, the awards celebrate the best artistic talent in Western Canada. See below for the full list of Artistic Award winners.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Susan Aglukark, was on hand at the Awards ceremony, as she was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Aglukark’s decorated career has seen her recognized as the first Inuk artist to win a JUNO Award (3), earned her a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement, and named her an officer of the Order of Canada.

The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre will again play host on Saturday, Oct. 5th where the Industry Awards will be announced at the Industry Awards Brunch. Honourees include Heritage Award winner, Hank Karr, and the Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award recipient, Duncan Sinclair.

BreakOut West festival showcases get underway tonight, with the Kick-Off Concert taking place at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, featuring performances by The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, Sarah MacDougall, and Del Barber. Over 50 of western Canada’s top emerging and established artists across all genres will showcase at multiple venues throughout Whitehorse from October 3–5. A full schedule of festival performances can be found here.

More information about the festival and conference can be found at breakoutwest.ca and on the BreakOut West 2019 mobile event app.

2019 WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC ARTISTIC AWARD WINNERS:

Blues Artist of the Year
Ndidi O – BC

BreakOut Artist of the Year
Snotty Nose Rez Kids – BC

Children’s Artist of the Year
Raffi – BC

Classical Artist / Ensemble of the Year (Sponsored by Canadian Music Centre [CMC])
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra – MB

Classical Composer of the Year
Carmen Braden – NT

Country Artist of the Year
Brett Kissel – AB

Electronic / Dance Artist of the Year
I M U R – BC

Francophone Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique [APCM])
Rayannah – MB

Indigenous Artist of the Year (Sponsored by APTN)
Northern Haze – NV

Instrumental Artist of the Year
Five Alarm Funk – BC

Jazz Artist of the Year
Jodi Proznick – BC

Metal / Hard Music Artist of the Year
Striker – AB

Pop Artist of the Year
Begonia – MB

Rap / Hip Hop Artist of the Year (Sponsored by Northern Touch Music Festival)
Vials – BC

Rock Artist of the Year
Dan Mangan – BC

Roots Duo / Group of the Year
Rosie & the Riveters – SK

Roots Solo Artist of the Year
Mariel Buckley – AB

Songwriter(s) of the Year (Sponsored by SOCAN)
Dan Mangan, Cold In The Summer – BC

Spiritual Artist of the Year
Warren Dean Flandez – BC

Urban Artist of the Year
LOA – SK

Visual Media Composer of the Year
Jeffery Straker, The Storm Orchestral – SK

World Artist of the Year
Buckman Coe – BC

For more information, go to www.breakoutwest.ca.

Photo: (L-R) Tim Brown (guitarist for Striker – Metal/Hard Music Artist Of The Year), Rayannah (Francophone Artist Of The Year), LOA (Urban Artist Of The Year), Mariel Buckley (Roots Solo Artist Of The Year). Photo by Mike Osikoya

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.